Stepping into Another Time

The Coldwater Steampunk Festival has been going on for the last seven years and this is my third time visiting. When I was a kid my parents bought property just outside of Coldwater so a lot of summers were spent in proximity to the town with the occasional visit so it’s always a treat to go back, especially for a completely different reason. People from all over and in town come out to have a grand time – some even dress up for the occasion.

A Different Time

A Different Time

Now not everyone has to dress up and if you’re saying “I want to but I have nothing to wear!” – Never Fear! there is much to buy on the main drag so you are ready for next year.

Booted Steampunk

Booted Steampunk

The place also sparks your imagination into all the things you can do. You can buy but you can also create. My favourite place is the vendor areas. There is so much to be inspired by here. 

Alternate Time

Alternate Time

But watch out for dark alleys that may transport you to other worlds!

So if you’re ready to enter the strange and awesome world of Steampunk… 

Save the Date

Save the Date

…I hope to see you there.

 

A Day of Randomness

Today was a busy photography day. First I met up with Nigel for some roadside photography. We found an abandoned house off the main road and we spent some time photographing the exterior. When I walked around back I startled two large ravens. Kind of an eerie feeling seeing these birds hanging out in the ruins of a home.

Abandoned Home

Abandoned Home

In one of the towns we drove through we found some old towers. I have no ideas on what they would have housed or possibly still house. Grain? Water? No idea.

Two Towers

Two Towers

But they are quite interesting with the vines taking over and the cracks in the cement. As Nigel and I finished our adventures I had to head up to Flesherton to meet the Quarringtons. Our plan this evening was hitting Elvis Fest in Collingwood. It was my first time checking this out and I was pretty excited.

Elvises

Elvises

We  grabbed some grub at a local joint and then headed over to the festivities. It seems that the party was slowing down by the time we got there as there wasn’t as many Elvises as there normally would be during the day, or so I’m told. We didn’t stay long but vowed to come back next year during the day to get our Elvis on. I’m looking forward to it.

In Search of Orchids

My friend Kayla and I decided to go up to Tobermory during their Orchid festival this weekend but decided to hike to the locations on our own schedule. Having been to the festival last year I knew some of the places to find the orchids.

Yellow Ladys Slipper

Yellow Lady’s Slipper

My goal this year was to get a good photo of a Ram Head Lady’s Slipper orchid so we went for a hike at Singing Sands. These flowers are very small and easy to walk past if you’re not looking hard enough. There is an area on the trail where a very good grouping of them grow.

Ram's-Head Lady's Slipper

Ram-Head Lady’s Slipper

The above shot was taken at that grove. I’d say I can check this flower off my list. At least until next year.